Uploaded by Jibril Lawal on May 05, 2015
Elnathan John has been shortlisted for the 2015 Caine Prize for his superb story, Flying.
Chair of judges, Zoë Wicomb described the shortlist as, "an exciting crop of well-crafted stories."
She continued, "For all the variety of themes and approaches, the shortlist has in common a rootedness in socio-economic worlds that are pervaded with affect, as well as keen awareness of the ways in which the ethical is bound up with aesthetics. Unforgettable characters, drawn with insight and humour, inhabit works ranging from classical story structures to a haunting, enigmatic narrative that challenges the conventions of the genre."
We'd like to congratulate the other shortlisted writers - Segun Afolabi, F.T. Kola, Masande Ntshanga and Namwali Serpell for also being selected.
Look out for Elnathan's debut novel later this year - Born on a Tuesday, from Cassava Republic Press.